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MERANTI, WHITE

Shorea spp.


Shorea spp. of the family Diptercarpaceae

Meranti is a common name applied commercially to four groups of species from the genus Shorea, grown most commonly in Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. There are thousands of common names for the at least 135 various species from the genus Shorea that use this common name among others. The four groups are "light red", "dark red", "yellow", and "white". Then to compound the confusion, there are ANOTHER 25 or so species from at least 9 unrealted genera that ALSO use the common name meranti. SO ... this name is approximately equivalent to saying "yep, it sure is some kind of wood all right".

Meranti has its own page on this site but it was getting too crowded so I moved all the dark red meranti to this page and all the white meranti to its own page.



my samples:


sample plank of white meranti / Shorea spp. (with considerable blue stain)


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of white meranti / Shorea roxburghii --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of white meranti (sal tree) / Shorea talura --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. Shorea talura is a synonym of Shorea roxburghii.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of white meranti / Shorea spp. --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of white meranti / Shorea spp. --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of white meranti / Shorea spp. --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of white meranti / Shorea cf balanocarpoides --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of white meranti / Shorea cf balanocarpoides --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of tianong (white meranti) / Shorea spp., probably pauciflora --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above



web pics:


planks listed as white meranti